November 28, 2022 IN: Our Voices
Week of Giving 2022: Here’s how you can help SEARAC build the next generation of leaders
There are still four more days to help us reach our goal of $22,000 during our annual Week of Giving. With your generosity, SEARAC can continue our fight for Southeast Asian American visibility.
I joined SEARAC at the end of last year as our Field Manager, a little more than three years after I participated in SEARAC’s Leadership and Advocacy Training program, which has been a core program for emerging advocates since 1999. Your support makes it possible for Southeast Asian Americans like me to unite, to organize, and to address the pressing issues in the lives of our loved ones and our communities.
Thanks to the financial support of our donors, I traveled to DC for the first time and, in the bustling, chaotic halls of Congress, I discovered that there are many special interest groups trying to influence our society. I learned how to overcome my nerves and share with my legislators my experience of working with people impacted by incarceration and deportation. I developed skills and relationships that I will carry with me forever.
Most of all, your support of programs like LAT allows Southeast Asian Americans like myself to feel seen. To feel a sense of belonging and connection. To understand that we’re not alone. To know that we’re in this fight together.